Summit Specialty is a small business in Alpharetta, Georgia that supplies interior pine doors for the U.S. residential housing market. GSP eliminates the 4.8 percent import tax on the 1 3/8″ doors that Summit sources from Brazil and helps reduce costs for new single-family homes built throughout the United States.
New tariffs from GSP expiration in 2013 put Summit’s products at a disadvantage to doors imported from non-GSP countries. In total, Summit Specialty paid just a hair under $200,000 in extra taxes because of GSP expiration. As a result, Summit Specialty delayed both hiring additional workers and new capital equipment purchases, thereby halting its growth.
The retroactive renewal allowed Summit Specialty to hire 2 new workers and improve the existing jobs by increases salaries and starting to provide health insurance. Summit Specialty also invested in new capital equipment, positioning it for continued future growth.